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Entrepreneurship

Today, mobile connections have surpassed fixed broadband, making wireless devices increasingly affordable and accessible. Low-cost devices can provide women from rural and urban areas with up-to-date information and enable them to communicate with others around the world; farmers can access critical weather information and market prices; and a software developer can create the next ground-breaking application. The following are examples of Wireless Reach projects that aim to bring entrepreneurs out of poverty by harnessing the economic benefits of wireless connectivity.

Indonesia - AppLab

Wireless Reach Indonesia

In Indonesia, underserved residents, most of whom are women, are using mobile technology to access unique business opportunities and gain the skills needed to lift themselves out of poverty. Implementing partner Grameen Foundation, through its Application Laboratory (AppLab) initiative, is working with Wireless Reach and Ruma to establish a multi-tier suite of data services that can be accessed via two distribution channels: (1) Ruma Entrepreneurs, a human network of women who own and operate mobile microfranchise businesses, and (2) commercially available phones in the mass market.

Spain - Augmented Reality

Wireless Reach Tanzania

Wireless Reach and Vodafone Spain Foundation are collaborating on an Augmented Reality project that provides mobile applications for workers with intellectual disabilities to help them successfully perform their daily tasks, increase their autonomy and advance their careers.

Tanzania - Internet Cafes

Wireless Reach Tanzania

Wireless Reach and its partner organizations helped stand up Internet cafés in three cities – Dar-es-Salaam, Dodoma and Arusha – which are now connected to a mobile broadband network, enabling local citizens to gain high-speed Internet access to the vast repository of information and multimedia service.

Malaysia – Mentoring Women in Business

Wireless Reach MalaysiaThe Mentoring Women in Business Program utilizes 3G technology to connect business professionals around the world with women entrepreneurs in Malaysia. The program was developed to enhance women’s skills and knowledge in the areas of business and technology in order to support them to grow and maintain their own successful businesses, improve their self-confidence, maximize their entrepreneurial potential, improve their socio-economic status and empower them to become self-reliant.